'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Sees Record Ratings For BBC America

01/02/2013 02:37 pm ET

Everyone's favorite time-traveling alien doctor is racking in the numbers for BBC America.

The "Doctor Who" Christmas special, which aired on Christmas Day and introduced the Doctor's (Matt Smith) new companion Clara (Jenna Louise Coleman), saw record ratings.

"Doctor Who: The Snowmen" reportedly brought in 1.4 million viewers, a 54 percent increase from 2011's holiday episode.

“It feels exactly right to be ending the year on a ratings high with 'Doctor Who,'" BBC America General Manager Perry Simon said. "The show has really delivered for us this year on every level. Cinematic scale, superb acting, cracking storylines and a growing band of dedicated fans ... we can’t wait for the next series in spring 2013.”

Luckily, the "Doctor Who" Christmas special was only the beginning for Coleman.

"I'm beyond excited, I can't wait to get cracking," Coleman said in June. "Working alongside Matt I know is going to be enormous fun and a huge adventure."

"Doctor Who" returns to BBC America in spring 2013.

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